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The Evolutionary Dynamics of Complex Systems : A Study in Biosocial Complexity - C. Dyke

The Evolutionary Dynamics of Complex Systems

A Study in Biosocial Complexity

By: C. Dyke

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Published: 31st December 1987
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This book examines sociobiology and evolution from the scientific and philosophical perspectives. Both sociobiology and evolution are areas of modern biology fraught with controversy and misunderstanding, yet fundamental to a coherent view of human life. For scientists and philosophers of science, at issue are the basic underpinnings of biology: explanation, determination, teleology, reductionism, and hierarchy. Professor Dyke describes the controversies involved, and argues that progress in sociobiology and evolution is hindered by an outmoded philosophical view of science - one that does not adequately take into account recent advances in our understanding of basic biological processes. The author aims to shift the focus from a philosophical understanding of biology to a dynamic, philosophically aware science. Biologists and social scientists interested in sociobiology and evolution; philosophers of science.

"Dyke's book . . . is radical in both methodology and content . . . . those dissatisfied with the dominant scientific paradigm will delight in Dyke's iconoclasm . . . . his efforts to explain the emergence of living systems from prelife in chemical terms are admirable. Taken alone, they are worth the price of the book" --John Collier, Biology and Philosophy

1: Introduction 2: Explanation, Possibility, and Determinism 3: The Structure of Emergence 4: Complexity and Closure 5: Layers, Loops and Levels 6: Nature and Convention 7: The Evolution of Second Nature 8: Negotiating Social Space 9: The Formative Dynamics of Cities 10: Toward a Social Dynamics

ISBN: 9780195051766
ISBN-10: 0195051769
Series: Monographs on the History and Philosophy of Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 31st December 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.47